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Thread: Sta- Flo liquid starch for getting really stiff fabric

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    Sta- Flo liquid starch for getting really stiff fabric

    Has anyone else had problems finding the liquid Sta-Flo starch? It seems like it is not available any longer at Walmarts or other smaller stores in our area of Kentucky.

    I can order some from Amazon but the shipping said it would be in 7 - 10 WEEKS...how's that for a quick turnaround, lol.

    I love love love stiff fabric when I'm cutting and piecing...whatever will I do? The spray starch doesn't get it as stiff and it costs so much more.
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    You can get very stiff fabric by mixing your own starch and it would probably cost less
    than Sta-Flo. We don't have Sta-Flo here so I mix my own starch and cook it for a minute
    to stabilize it. I mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of cold water then add 1 quart of
    boiling water. Stir it well and bring to a boil for a min. Let cool.
    Sometimes I add more water if I don't want it as stiff as cardboard. Hope this helps.

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    Put in a request at your local grocery stores and Walmart for Sta-Flo. If people ask for it, the store will often start stocking it.

    Oh, look what I got when I thought about looking it up on Walmart online (because they have pickup in stores with no shipping charge):
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sta-Flo-Li...fl-oz/15028887

    I wonder if my local Walmart in WI still has it???
    Last edited by Prism99; 05-10-2013 at 04:27 PM.

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    Our Walmart still has it. I bought a jug yesterday. If you go to Walmart online you can put in your location and see if any other Walmarts in a reasonable distance have it.

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    I use Linit. I can mix what ever strength I want. Buy it at Stop&Shop.

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    Isn't it aggravating when you want a product and can't find it anywhere!

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    I looked at walmart.com and they say the product isn't available to order even though it comes up. The place on the shelves where it use to sit have already had the labels removed. I'll ask our little local IGA if he can order some.

    I haven't tried making my own but I may have too if I can't get some.

    I actually just started using it about 9 months ago and have become dependent (well almost) on it.
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    Oh , I would be so bummed if I could not get my Stay Flo! Makes me want to go and hoard what on the shelf at my Walmart.

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    I just bought 2 at Walmart yesterday and the shelf was full...here in Vegas at least. I agree, ship to store should do it!

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    I find it at the grocery store. Maybe try your local stores.

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    reg corn starch in water boiled works well for me. i keep in fridge.

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    I haven't had any trouble with getting the Sta Flo starch, most likely the stores around you don't want to stock it. I mean we're a little hole in the wall town and the closest "big" town is 100 miles away.

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    I have several boxes of Argo Glossy Powdered starch. I was told it has been discontinued. I have six 1/2 gallon jugs of Stay Flo I bought on clearance for $1 each just a few weeks ago. The store was not going to stock it anymore. The manager said it took up too much shelf space and not moving fast enough.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 05-11-2013 at 06:43 AM.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Oh , I would be so bummed if I could not get my Stay Flo! Makes me want to go and hoard what on the shelf at my Walmart.
    When I looked for spray starch in our local K-Mart there was not one starch product of any type on the shelves and no open space where they might be stocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaluvs2quilt View Post
    I just bought 2 at Walmart yesterday and the shelf was full...here in Vegas at least. I agree, ship to store should do it!
    Ship to store won't work for Walmart because Sta-Flo is now "unavailable" on the Walmart website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    You can get very stiff fabric by mixing your own starch and it would probably cost less
    than Sta-Flo. We don't have Sta-Flo here so I mix my own starch and cook it for a minute
    to stabilize it. I mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of cold water then add 1 quart of
    boiling water. Stir it well and bring to a boil for a min. Let cool.
    Sometimes I add more water if I don't want it as stiff as cardboard. Hope this helps.
    I remember my Mom making that kind of starch. I had forgotten all about it.

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    Starch question - I primarily make wall hangings and don't wash my completed pieces. If I starch my fabric, won't I have to wash the quilt when done?????

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    I find mine at the Family Dollar store (not a $1 store) and the local chain grocery store.

    I'm going to try the homemade recipes I've been seeing lately though.

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    Prisma99! Where are you in Western Wisconsin? I am in Grantsburg.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Put in a request at your local grocery stores and Walmart for Sta-Flo. If people ask for it, the store will often start stocking it.

    Oh, look what I got when I thought about looking it up on Walmart online (because they have pickup in stores with no shipping charge):
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sta-Flo-Li...fl-oz/15028887

    I wonder if my local Walmart in WI still has it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    You can get very stiff fabric by mixing your own starch and it would probably cost less
    than Sta-Flo. We don't have Sta-Flo here so I mix my own starch and cook it for a minute
    to stabilize it. I mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of cold water then add 1 quart of
    boiling water. Stir it well and bring to a boil for a min. Let cool.
    Sometimes I add more water if I don't want it as stiff as cardboard. Hope this helps.
    i am new to quilting how do you use this starch that you make?

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    You have a Winn Dixie grocery store, they carry it. I used all the time.

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    I get mine at the grocery store. It seems to be readily available here in Oklahoma City. I use mine full strength sometimes and 1/2 and 1/2 most of the time. How do you use it.

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    try your nearest grocery store. I see it there all the time.

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    Yes, it here in Vegas I saw it to, started to buy another bottle, but I thought I could wait....Stay Flo, hoarding!
    BTW, ladies, I work for an Airline.....do not put it in your luggage....its a dangerous item in your luggage.
    Last edited by Raine; 05-12-2013 at 07:42 AM. Reason: warning
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    I'm going to check with our local IGA and see if he can order some for me.

    I use it about 3/4 starch to 1/4 water to get fabric really stiff.

    If I can't find any, then I'll have to try to make some too.

    Raine...why do you say it's dangerous? Leakage?
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